Superintendent Arntzen Announces New State Assessment Director, Assessment Updates

August 6, 2018

HELENA—After a rigorous selection process, State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen announced on Monday that Ashley McGrath has been hired as Montana’s new State Assessment Director. Ashley has been working at the Office of Public Instruction since 2012 as Montana’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Coordinator. In that role, Ashley helped schools fulfill the requirements for this vital state-level biennial collection. Additionally, she oversaw the incorporation of NAEP into the state assessment system. More information about NAEP can be found here.

During her tenure, Ashley has helped to support the assessment unit with hands-on teacher workshops, staff support, test security, creating a new science assessment, implementing negotiated rulemaking, and ACT work.

“I have full confidence that Ashley will oversee strong assessment achievements for Montana students,” Arntzen said Monday. “Ashley has shown leadership in her previous work with assessment staff at the OPI. She understands the importance of local control and the unique opportunities and challenges that our state faces with federal testing mandates.”

Ashley is assisting in the facilitation of the Student Assessment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee which convened today. As Montana’s State Assessment Director, she will also oversee the piloting of the “Nation’s Report Card, National Indian Education Study”, which will be critical to improving American Indian student achievement.

The OPI is currently seeking applicants for a new NAEP Coordinator. The job description can be found here. 


CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier

                       Director of Communications, Montana Office of Public Instruction